Pakistani Government Allocates PKR42 billion for 5,400-MW Dasu Hydropower Project, July 01,’16

The government of Pakistan has allocated PKR42 billion earlier this week for construction of the 5,400-MW Dasu hydropower project. The money was allocated under the Public Sector Development Programme for the year 2016-2017. This facility, on the Indus River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, will be completed in two stages, with the first having a capacity of 2,160 MW and being completed in five years. The roller-compacted-concrete dam will be 242 meters (794 feet) tall and the underground powerhouse will contain six 36-MW turbine-generator units and be located about 3.5 km downstream.

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority is building the project. WAPDA’s website indicates a 2,160-MW Stage I, meaning Stage II would be 3,340 MW. At its full capacity, Dasu is expected to produce 26,700 GWh of electricity annually.